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Zoom Gear Doesn't Fit

13 December 2008 - 04:42 PM

OK, this is a follow-up question to one I posted a few weeks ago about which Extension Ring, Zoom Gear and Dome Port for a Sigma 17-70 using Sea & Sea. Their recommendation was to use a 40mm Extension Ring, SX Extension Ring and NX Fisheye Dome Port. I already own the Optical Dome and it seems to work very well with the other recommended extensions...so far.

The Zoom Gear is my problem! They recommended the #56350 (Nikkor 18-35mm) for use with the Sigma 17-70mm (non-HSM). On the lens, there is a lock switch for locking the zoom of the lens and fixing it at 17mm. That switch is about 2mm above the rest of the barrel and prevents the Zoom Gear from slipping onto the barrel of the lens. Seemingly, my options are to remove the protruding part of the switch by filing it down or to use a larger diameter Zoom Gear to fit over the switch as is and tape up the barrel to fit the larger diameter Gear. What has anyone else done? Or, what would you recommend?? Thanks!

For Sale: S&S TTL II for Nikon

29 November 2008 - 08:56 PM

I have a brand spanking new Sea and Sea TTL II Converter for Nikon (50108) for sale in the box. It has never been in the water. It has never even been attached to a camera housing or strobe cables. The reason I am trying to sell it is that I purchased it when the Converter III came out and never returned it. So, its been sitting here gathering dust. I want to give it a good home. If you want a picture of it, I'll have to open the box. Let me know?

New at Reef Photo it runs $599usd. New at Backscatter it runs $649usd. I would like $450! I'll even ship within the US.

Sigma 17-70 (non HSM)

26 November 2008 - 05:12 PM

OK, I know this lens has been discussed backwards and forwards, but bear with me for a second. I've searched this site until my eyes hurt, Called Backscatter and Reef Photo. No one knows what port combination to use for the Sigma 17-70 on a Sea & Sea housing. Can anyone help me out here? Even a link to previously discussed topic would be greatly appreciated!

I use a D80 and already have the SX Extension Ring and Optical Dome Port that I use for my Tokina 10-17.

Thanks Again!

Mid-angle zooms

16 June 2008 - 08:53 PM

So, I'm contemplating my next new lens buy, and I knew you guys would be the best place to start. I can hemorrhage money like there's no tomorrow, but I don't want to spend $1200 - $1600 on comparable Nikon glass. Hell, thats more than my camera body is worth! I'm looking for a good mid angle zoom. There haven't been any recent discussions that I could find in the near past.

My immediate need for the lens is shooting kids/people in a pool and shooting dive classes in the ocean. My other hope is that this lens could be used for a shark cage dive if one came up in the near future?! :P I'm looking at these lenses as possibilities... or am I "all wet"?...

Tokina 16-50
Sigma 18-50
Tamron 17-50

I'm favoring the Tok because I already own the 10-17 and love it!

There was a lot discussion in the distant past about the Sigma 17-70. Is this still a favorite considering some of the newer lenses to have come out?


Diving in Tampa, FL?

14 May 2008 - 08:26 AM

I'll be in Tampa, FL in September for a business meeting and was wondering if it is even worth bringing my dive gear, and camera? Is Sept. too early for manatee at Crystal River? Are there boats to the Oriskany?

I was thinking of just flying into Miami and driving to Key Largo for a couple of days, then heading back north to Tampa, 5 hr drive, yuck! Is this more worth my time? Multi destination flights are getting outrageous!

Thanks for your suggestions!